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The Fire Safety Act 2021 amends the previous Fire Safety Order 2005 and makes clear who is responsible and accountable for reducing the risk of fires in residential buildings with multiple occupancy. This responsibility lies with the duty holder(s) or building manager(s) in a situation where it is a multi-occupied residential building. In this case, the duty holder or building manager is responsible for managing the risk of fire for:
- External walls and structure of the building. This includes cladding, balconies, and windows
- Entrance doors to individual flats or apartments that open into communal areas
Fire risk assessments for buildings must now cover both of these two items. The Fire Safety Act applies to all multi-occupied residential buildings and is not dependent on the height of the building. It also allows the Fire and Rescue Service to enforce against non-compliance in relation to the external walls and the individual doors opening onto the common parts of the premises.
Matthew Canham, representative from the National Fire Chiefs Council stated that the new Fire Safety Act 2021 is predicted to affect around 1.7 million residential properties across England and Wales.
The Fire Safety Act was also brought into place to provide a base for secondary legislation that won’t require another Act of Parliament, making it easier and quicker to do so. This will be surrounding recommendations made from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and is designed to “ensure that people feel safe in their homes, and a tragedy like the Grenfell Tower Fire never happens again”.
If you haven’t already updated your fire risk assessment for your building, now is the time to ensure you stay compliant with the updated regulations. Although parts of the act didn’t come into force immediately, they will come into effect over the coming months. Responsible persons must review their fire risk assessments to ensure they cover the external cladding and individual entrance doors in accordance with the new Act and implement any necessary changes immediately.
Risg Solutions have a team of consultants who are experienced in developing fire risk assessments and management solutions for all different building types, including high rise flats, retirement flats and converted historical buildings.
If you’d like more information, please contact our fire risk assessment team who will be delighted to help. Give us a call on Swansea 01792 721 750 or Cardiff 02920 099 450 or email email@example.com, and one of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.